QinetiQ has been awarded a one-year contract, with an additional option year, by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Air Warfare Centre to develop a roadmap for the modernization of RCAF Air Weapons ranges, which will enable the combination of live and virtual environments for collaborative team training.

The modernized air ranges will be able to accommodate Canada’s next generation of 4.5 or 5th Generation fighter aircraft and allow for the creation of Live Synthetic Blended (LSB) training and experimental environments, including simulated training assets.

The roadmap for the modernization will include the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) as well as the Bagotville, Gagetown, Wainwright, Valcartier, Nanoose and Suffield training ranges. The study will look at how the RCAF ranges need to be modernized for all future RCAF platforms – fighter and cargo aircraft, helicopters, search & rescue and remotely piloted air systems. This will be done in the context of the RCAF Modelling and Simulation Environment (RMSE), including the Virtual Proving Grounds - which enable a pilot to engage with a virtual vehicle and environment, in a way that can influence the development of an asset - and will consider air traffic control, air weapons and air and space control simulators.

The initial scoping phase will run through to December 2020. The project will see QinetiQ bring together a team comprising systems engineers, simulation experts and range experts, as well as experienced ex-military personnel, from QinetiQ in Canada and the UK.